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tonight on "nightline," license to kill? it's the shooting death that sparked an explosion of outrage. first online and now everywhere as protesters march with trayvon martin's family tonight. we tell you why his killer is still a free man. fashion victims. tonight, we confront high flying designer tommy hill figger to find out why the clothes in your closette may have been made at a terrible price. plus, who got demi to do this? photo shopped princess di and she turned the magazine into the days after "mad men."
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we do inside with tina brown. good evening. i'm terry moran. it's the story that ignited fierce passions across the nation as allegations of rayism and ju v misjustice tear apart a florida town. trayvon martin was shot down by a man who claimed self-defense and has not been arrested. and it has sparked public out cry that spread like wildfire. is the face of trayvon martin whose face has sparked internet protiss and tonight a rally in new york city. and in the small city of
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sanford, florida a vote of no confidence for it's embattled police chief. these are just the latest twist in the case that is galvanizing the country following the shooting death of martin. on february 26th, he left his father's fiance's house to buy skittles and iced tea in the all-star game. making his way along 24 path. and george zimmerman spotted him and began to follow him. >> they always get away. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> we don't need you to do that. >> but zimmerman is anyway. i had is chasing him. >> he looks like he is up to no good. >> martin is terrified. >> he said the man is watching him. so he put his hoodie on. >> abc news was there as she told her story to the martin family. >> i said, what are you doing
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here? and somebody pushed him and caused his sed set to call. >> he is raising his hands up. >> they are wrestling in the back. >> the guy is dead out here. holy [ bleep ]. >> the residents are reporting the chilly sounds and a sing the gunshot. >> there's gunshots. >> zimmerman immediately claims self-defense which investigators on the seen accepted. but investigators ignored key witnesses. abc news learned, and failed to contact others like martin's girlfriend. >> the police department needs to go back and resbinterview anything with information. >> and all the while, sanford police says they are handcuffed by the law. the law is called stand your ground. passed in 2005, it allows snon use deadly force when they feel threatened. since the law, homicides in
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florida have jumped threefold. 20 states have similar laws but florida is seen as the most extreme. another man in florida is evoking the law to get it dismissed. in 2007, norman border fired 13 bullets into men who thought were gang members. under the law, he walked free. zimmerman, friends say, may have gone too far. >> this is the route he used to take in his patrols. >> yeah. >> pulling out his weapon and shooting seemed extreme. it doesn't seem like self-defense to most people. >> i agree with you. but something ramped this altercation to the point where use of deadly force -- happened. and, you know, we have a young boy who was killed.
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and we just can't bring that boy back. sad. my heart goes out to the family. >> martin died a joe doe. >> i'm pretty guy the dead is out here. >> unidentified and unclaimed for 48 hours because of apparent police red tape. tonight, he is anonymous no more. and tonight in new york, martin's parents joined the protest. >> trayvon martin did matter. and i just want new york to know that we're not going to stop until we get justice for trayvon. >> more than 1,000 people marching in support of the teenager whose name is now a rallying tree. >> we are trayvon martin! we are trayvon martin. >> i'm matt gutman for "nightline" in sanford, florida. we co-l don't follow the case. thanks to matt gutman for that report. check out "good morning america"
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tonight we bring you an important abc news investigation that ends at your local mall. it has to do with how the clothing we bay from popular chains by kohl's or the gap or tommy hilfiger are actually manufactured. what abc's brian ross found when he looked into labels make clothes, they may leave you heart broken and outraged.
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>> reporter: the classic preppy designs, tommy hilfiger, an american fashion icon. brian ross, abc news. >> i know who you are. >> reporter: when we showed up backstage at fashion week to ask about the conditions his clothes were made, we got nothing but spin. >> i really believe we're one of the people that carry the gold standard flag. >> reporter: and then a bum's rush, ordered out of fashion week by the team's security game. we a reporters and the cameras are on. keep your hands off the gear. this, this tragic scene, is what we wanted to ask hilfiger about. our abc news investigation into a fire that killed 29 people, a little over a year ago. at one of the factories in bangladesh in south area where
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hilfiger's preppy clothes were made. workers trapped on upper floors, many jumped to their deaths. many say that the exits for locked to prevent theft. >> many could not commit. >> a lawyer says that in addition to hilfiger, the company and bangladesh made clothes for gap, kohl's and other labels and continues to make them. >> why bangladesh? >> it's the cheapest place in the world to make apparel. the wage is 21 cents on hour. >> 21 cents. >> co-you have to die to make clothes? >> no one should die making apparel. it's not a dangerous industry. >> reporter: yet, the most concrete step they have taken was to produce a training video
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with fake smoke tells workers not to panic the next time a fire breaking out. >> when it comes to putting money where your mouth is, they don't do it. >> reporter: and hilfiger tried to claim he pulled out of the bangladesh factories. >> we will never produce clothes in that factory again. >> reporter: that wasn't true. and hilfiger later came to abc news to admit it. along with the ceo of phillips-van heusen, from his parent clothesline. you said you would never make clothes in the factories again. >> i believe i did say that. >> reporter: was it true? >> i think i made a mistake. told you we were going to pull out of bangladesh. and in fact, we haven't pulled out of bangladesh. >> reporter: the ceo said his company continues to use the factories in question in
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bangladesh because that's the only way to improve conditions. and he said his inspectors found nothing substandard at the factory before the fire that killed 29 people. >> first, we didn't believe the factory was substandard. >> reporter: they locked the gate. the photos were taken afterwards. >> there were six exits. >> reporter: did your inspectors see any of that? >> not when we were there? >> reporter: seeing that, what do you say. >> tragic. >> it's tragic. >> reporter: hill fig intercompany contributed $27,500 for the families of the fire victims in. widow received just over $10,000. >> i cannot provide for my son. if he wants to eat, i can not
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provide it. >> $10,000 in bangladesh means a lot of money. >> reporter: it doesn't mean a thing to you? >> it's a very little to us. >> reporter: may pledge the tragic fire to make a difference. >> i think it's a turning point. >> it will be a catalyst for a dramatic change. >> reporter: we are a little more than a year away from the fire. >> that is unacceptable. >> reporter: today in a landmark agreement, hilfiger and the company phillips-van heusen said they will pay up to $2 million for a fire inspector in bangladesh to instrict new safety standards. and have worker advocates given the deaths of almost 500 people in garment factory fires in the last five years. terry? >> brian, great work by you and your team there. thanks for that report by brian
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generation. butten with of her fans wondered if she could save 79-year-old "newsweek" from extinction. and now a year later, cynthia mcfadden checks in for the series "on the town". >> this is what you get when you play a world leader. >> not many people can get meryl streep and her oscar to take the stage and add in hill li clinton and angelina jolie. well, teen any na brown did. what is the secret? why do they come? >> stop me from having an idea. >> reporter: it comes in use in his day job after editor, trying
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to save "newsweek" magazine. making sure it won't go the way of "life", "look." and the saturday evening post. it was on the verge of bankruptcy when it merged with the daily beast in 2010. brown is known for her big idea. as editor of "vanity fair" in the '90s, she increased sales 90%. >> the demi moore cover, i can't believe. the cover is still going on. the other day, i looked and there is jessica simpson. >> reporter: this week's magazine is a perfect example. a bold experiment. taking every page back to the 1960s. >> we did a piece on the new series of "mad men" and i talked to the creator and he mentioned to me, he said that "newsweek"
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magazine in the '60s is very much a part of the show and i thought, bingo, let's take the whole magazine back to the '60s. >> the ads are retro. >> that is wonderful. they have done a psychedelic scene. it was just turning psychedelic at the time. >> she knows, for sure, the visualing matter. >> on the left, you have a wonderful strong piece of photo journalism. and just a click away, a beautiful derriere. it make us stop. and people tell you they only want to the read serious news but they want to the be seduced too. >> reporter: seduced by photos, like this one of michelle back
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bachmann. >> and this one, of princess diana. >> reporter: disrespectful? >> i think it's a historical figure, reimagined in the moment. >> reporter: will the recipe work? one year in, the sales are up 15%. but "newsweek" and the beast are losing money. reportedly $30 million last year. >> no nascar is not right. >> reporter: but lots. >> we cut a huge amount of costs here. we are not making money yet and we won't for a couple years. >> reporter: anyone who working with her has got to the be able to put up with his passionate and constant involvement? >> how often does she come here and just rip it all up? >> fwhuns a while. >> reporter: a lot? >> yeah. >> would you like me to leave the room? >> reporter: they are strong, they can take it or they could
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haven't the jobs. are you a tough person to work for? >> yeah, i am very demanding. >> do you have to say i'm sorry? >> yeah, many times. but i say i love you too. i like people who have passion. i really do. and the people who do well with me, other people have passion. >> reporter: and need little sleep. >> well, when you have a lot of passion, you don't need too much sleep. >> reporter: she's got plenty of that. how long her investors will don't let her make news without making money will depend on her power to persuade. i'm sibth ya mcfadden for "nightline" in new york. >> tina brown, thanks to cynthia for that. thanks for watching "nightline." we are going to talk to the woman with
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